Archaeologists in Kazakhstan have unearthed a Bronze Age grave containing the remains of a man and woman buried facing each other. Researchers think the couple was buried around 4,000 years ago, in 2000 B.C.
The finding was made in the region of Karaganda in central Kazahkstan, in a grave that has remains of humans and horses, according to a statement by the Karaganda regional government.
he couple — believed to be of “young age” — were found buried with a variety of grave goods, including gold jewelry, knives, and large ceramic pots. The objects suggest that the two likely held noble status, archaeologists said.
It’s still unclear what the relationship was between the male and female, and researchers haven’t learned their exact date range. The bones were sent for additional analysis, according to the archaeological team, which was led by Igor Kukushkin, professor at Saryarka Archaeological Institute at Karaganda State University.
Kukushkin said in a statement that the couple lived in a period of struggle and strife. Excavation of the burial site is still in progess.
Karaganda has been the site of many early archaeological discoveries. In 2017, researchers found a 3,000-year-old stone pyramid, considered to be one of the biggest, constructive multiple buildings in the post-Bronze Age of Kazakhstan.